Latest Oregon State Legislative Assembly News

Oregon House GOP members refuse to appear for session

Feb. 18, 2020 9:58 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Most Republican lawmakers refused to attend a Tuesday night session of the Oregon House of Representatives amid a slowdown over anger at a sweeping bill on climate change. Earlier, Republican lawmakers, who are a minority in the House, insisted that bills coming to the floor be read in...

FILE - In this July 22, 2019, file photo, Oregon State University's Marine Studies Building, which is under construction in a tsunami inundation zone, is viewed from the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Ore. The building, center right, is surrounded by Yaquina Bay. The Oregon Legislature appears poised to continue to allow construction of critical facilities in tsunami inundation zones, a move slammed by critics. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon wrestles with building facilities in tsunami zones

Feb. 17, 2020 2:01 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Experts say the big one is coming to the Pacific Northwest: a massive earthquake that will cause buildings and bridges to collapse and unleash a tsunami that will devastate the coast. But, doubling down on its decision last year to allow the construction of critical facilities in tsunami...

Oregon Editorial Round-Up

Feb. 14, 2020 12:59 PM EST

From The Bulletin, Feb. 12, on how to donate to victims of the Umatilla County floods: The Umatilla River did not discriminate when it overflowed its banks last week in a near perfect storm of wind, rain and snow in Pendleton, surrounding towns and on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation....

Ore. lawmakers consider oversight board for towing companies

Feb. 11, 2020 10:51 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill to crack down on predatory towing by creating a new board with the power to investigate complaints, impose civil penalties and revoke a tower's authority to do business in the state. The Statesman Journal reports the bill is supported by the Oregon...

Oregon Dem candidate bows out of race for 2nd-highest office

Feb. 10, 2020 9:27 PM EST

A former leader of Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives announced Monday she was suspending her run for the state's second-highest office as a Portland newspaper prepared to publish an article about her campaign expenditures when she was in the Statehouse. “Let me be clear, I have always...

After opening the Oregon state Senate for the 2020 legislature on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, Senate President Peter Courtney heads to his office from the Senate in Salem, Ore. Courtney appeared despite having been hospitalized with a painful infection and other serious complications in his replacement hip. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon Legislature convenes; Dems focus on global warming

Feb. 3, 2020 7:10 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature convened its 2020 session Monday, with majority Democrats' prioritizing stemming global warming through legislation that is being amended to get as many stakeholders behind it as possible. Republican lawmakers have threatened a walkout — a tactic they used...

Oregon Legislature considers sweeping wildfire plan

Jan. 31, 2020 10:56 AM EST

Oregon lawmakers are looking at several bills that could change the way the state fights wildfires, and how it tries to prevent them. The Legislature convenes in Salem on Monday. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the plans under review include an effort to restore forest health through thinning, removing...

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2017, file photo, Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, speaks in Salem, Ore. The Oregon Legislature may convene its 2020 session without Courtney, who has been in a Portland hospital for nearly a month receiving treatment for a staph infection in his replacement hip and other complications. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Still ailing, Senate leader Courtney may miss session start

Jan. 30, 2020 7:44 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature may convene its 2020 session without Senate President Peter Courtney, who has been in a Portland hospital for nearly a month receiving treatment for a staph infection in his replacement hip and other complications. The 76-year-old Salem Democrat told the Statesman...

Oregon Democrats seek to change quorum rules, end walkouts

Jan. 29, 2020 8:29 PM EST

SALEM, Ore (AP) — Democrats in the Oregon Statehouse are now seeking to have voters change its quorum rules, so walkouts by lawmakers can no longer stymie legislation. The joint resolution, filed this week before the Legislature starts its short 2020 session Monday, would ask voters to change quorum...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016, file photo, people protest against the Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline on Crater Lake Highway in Medford, Ore. A Canadian energy company on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, withdrew its application for a state permit for the project, and a project spokesman said it is instead awaiting possible federal approval. (Jamie Lusch/The Medford Mail Tribune via AP, File)

Energy firm withdraws permit application for Oregon pipeline

Jan. 24, 2020 8:34 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Canadian energy company has withdrawn its application for a state permit for a controversial natural gas pipeline and export terminal in Oregon, and a project spokesman said Friday it is instead awaiting possible federal approval. Two Oregon state lawmakers on Friday accused the...